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Gas Mileage Difference between a V6 and 4-Cylinder

by Ann Frederick

In addition to considering styles, prices and features, new vehicle shoppers often examine fuel efficiency. The government’s fuel economy website shows gas mileage with a V6 engine is usually lower than that of a 4-cylinder vehicle.


Honda Accord.

Buyers of a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu with a 4-cylinder engine can expect 22 miles per gallon (MPG) in the city and 33 on the highway. The V6 Malibu gets 17 MPG in city traffic and 26 MPG on the highway. It’s a similar story for the 2011 Honda Accord, which offers 23 MPG city and 34 highway with a 4-cylinder engine. The 6-cylinder model offers 20 city and 30 highway MPG.


Pickup truck.

Those in the market for a 2-wheel drive 2011 Toyota Tacoma pickup can see 19 miles per gallon in the city and 25 on the highway with a 4-cylinder engine. Choosing the same truck with a 6-cylinder engine will reduce fuel economy to 17 MPG city and 21 highway.



Sport utility vehicle shoppers might consider the 2011 Kia Sorrento, which produces 21 city and 29 highway MPG with a 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. Stepping up to the V6 Sorrento reduces fuel mileage to 20 city and 26 highway.

About the Author

Ann Frederick has been a professional writer since 1993. She began her career as a television news producer and then transitioned into public relations, working for local, state and federal government agencies. Her professional awards include a silver ADDY. Frederick holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from Florida State University.

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